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Old 06-28-2014, 07:34 AM   #1
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2014: KTM 1190 RC8 R or Aprilia RSV4 APRC ABS

So, I'm going to buy a new m'cycle at the end of the year and most likely keeping the Kawi. I got about 9300 miles riding experience on my '13 Ninja 650 and wanting to get more power on the straights. I really like the lines of the RC8 but I also really like the RSV4. I like to really maul over big purchases (even though I didn't with the Kawi) and get lots of opinions so, this is the opinions part... that being said I've been known to spur of the moment purchase big ticket items.

What do you think of the KTM 1190 RC8 R? The RSV4? Have you been on both? Either? Experience with either or both?

Of course, I've been reading a ton of reviews and the history on both bikes. When it gets closer to purchasing time (November/December) I'll see about getting to the dealers.
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Old 06-28-2014, 08:17 AM   #2
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The rsv4 is the bees knees right now. The technology on this bike for the price I'd just stupid good
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:05 AM   #4
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The rsv4 is the bees knees right now. The technology on this bike for the price I'd just stupid good
This ^^^^

I heard they are going to stop making a Street RC8 so if you want a psuedo collector item...

That being said Rc8 owners love their bikes...so...
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Both are awesome bikes and you really can't go wrong with either. Aprilia can probably be had for cheaper than a ktm though. Check af1 they will start doing deals towards the end of the year as new models come in.
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Go with the RSV4....you don't want an RC8, those bikes suck
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having only had a 650 twin... you'd probably be happy with a 600 SS.

RC8 and RSV4 are both badass bikes..... but I gotta say the V4 is the best motor ive had the pleasure of experiencing
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I'll have a look at it. Hadn't seen it before.
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RSV4 before the RC8R but if you like the ole school high torque V2 twin, then the 1190RX has more power, torque and handles quicker than the KTM and adds tractiona and wheelie control. But like has been said the RSV4 is hard to beat for the money right now.
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RSV4 before the RC8R but if you like the ole school high torque V2 twin, then the 1190RX has more power, torque and handles quicker than the KTM and adds tractiona and wheelie control. But like has been said the RSV4 is hard to beat for the money right now.
DO you think EBR will last?
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DO you think EBR will last?
Yea, they'll do ok, The street bikes are much better than people get a chance to experience in one test ride. The SX and AX will be their main sellers just like before. The RX is so easy to ride that some people won't find it visceral enough.

When I ride the RSV4 the sound and feel make me feel like I'm riding a snarling short block V8 monster, and everything is really manic and instant. It feels like I can't relax or the beast will get away and do something crazy. The EBR is very sedate, it feels like nothing is happening until you get to a corner and realize you better brake because you're going WAY faster than you thought. It easy to get in a groove and forget about the bike altogether and just ride. I'm actually much quicker on the EBR because, to quote from a TOTW II I only spend about $3 of my $10 on controlling the bike, where as on the RSV4 is spending $6 or $7.


The RSV4 feels and sounds like you're going super fast and you need to stay on top of controlling it, where as on EBR you sort of just become one with the bike and feel like you're flying. Its hard to explain, but its really is just a ton a fun.

The RSV4 brakes BITE NOW and I find myself thinking about how best to use them. The EBR's are just as strong but they don't BITE as hard initally so its more intuative to squeeze and dial up the right amount of decelleration which is always more than I would think becasue like I said its deceptive how fast it really is.

The KTM can be brutal at times, I admire the guys who ride them because they are the final eveolution of the old 1098/1198 ducati feel.
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I appreciate the input, y'all.
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